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The Curse of the Vagabond


Why Does Deliverance Take So Long?

By Win Worley
Vagabond is translated from the Hebrew word Nuwa (Strongs 5128) a
fugitive; to wander up and down; Hebrew word Nuwd (5110) to wander, flee
or disappear; Greek word Perierchomai (4022) to stroll, to wander about.

The Webster Dictionary defines the vagabond as a person moving from place
to place without a fixed home, a wanderer; of relating to or characteristic of
a wanderer, leading an unsettled, irresponsible, or disreputable life.

Wander implies an absence of or an indifference to any kind of fixed course.

Other words defining a vagabond include:

Roam suggests wandering about freely, often far afield.

Ramble stresses carelessness and indifference to one’s course or objective.

Rove suggests vigorous, sometimes purposeful roaming.

Meander implies a winding or intricate course suggestive of aimless or

listless wandering.

There is a Biblical curse placed on the vagabond. The root problem must be
traced and ferreted out so that the curse can be broken in the name of the
Lord Jesus Christ. Evil spirits which enter and cause a person to be in this
condition must be cast out after the legal grounds have been destroyed,
breaking the curses.

As a deliverance worker you will be called on to minister to many who need

freedom from wandering. People wander from city to city, job to job, house
to house, ministry to ministry and church to church. Most could be classified
as vagabonds and are groaning under this terrible curse.

Never seeming to get established or have success in accomplishing

anything, these poor souls are tormented by a succession of continual
failures. They live in a constant state of restlessness and discontent.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, who he hath redeemed from the hand
of the enemy. And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from
the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the
wilderness in a solitary way. They found no city to dwell in. (Spirits of
Wandering, Loneliness)

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. (Spirits of Poverty, Despair,
Discouragement, Depression) Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble
and He delivered them out of their distresses.

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of
habitation. (Deliverance leads to a city of habitation, a seat, an abode.) 0
that man would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works
to the children of men. (Deliverance causes praise and is one of the
wonderful works of God.) (Psalms 107:1-7)

The first person to be identified as a vagabond in the Bible is Cain. He

became a vagabond as the result of a curse from God for murdering his
brother, Abel.

And now thou art cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to
receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;

It shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and vagabond
shalt thou be in the earth. (Genesis 4:11-12)

This curse from the earth made it impossible for Cain to become established
or settle down anywhere in the earth. The earth would not yield her strength
to Cain resulting in poverty (no prosperity).

The condition of the vagabond is the direct result of a curse, God's

recompense upon sin. He recompenses sin into the bosom of the children in
the form of curses. Therefore a person is often under the curse of the
vagabond as a result of the sins of the fathers (his ancestors).

Thou shewest loving-kindness unto thousands, and recompensest the

iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great,
the mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name. (Jeremiah 32:18)

Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord. (Romans 12:19)

Render unto them a recompense 0 Lord, according to the work of their

Give them sorrow of heart, Thy curse unto them. Persecute and destroy
them in anger from under the heavens of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:64-

The result of a curse is Sorrow of Heart, and includes: Failure, Tragedy,

Frustration, Death, Destruction, Family Problems, Pain, Marital Problems,
Sickness, Disease, Mental Illness, Suicide, Miscarriages, Accidents,
Depression, Sadness, Sorrow, Grief, Vexation, Torment, Despair, Poverty,
Hopelessness, Lack,

Business Failure, Confusion, Besetting Sins, Guilt, Shame, Stumbling Blocks,

Condemnation, Lamentation, III Fortune, Suffering, Misery, Setbacks, Bitter
Experiences, Travail, Groaning, Reverses, Hard Times, Distress, Calamity,
Mishaps, Woe, Slumps, Recession.

Curses cause persecution and a strong feeling of being harassed, grieved,

chased, afflicted, pestered, and being put to flight. Sorrow follows the person
under the curse and he/she always feels that they are being persecuted in
one or more areas of their life.

They hunt our steps . . . our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the

They pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
(Lamentations 4:18-19)

Curses open the door for the spirit of Destruction to enter and destroy
specific areas in the lives of their victims. A Biblical definition of a curse is
God's recompense upon the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of the
children, causing sorrow of heart and opening the door for evil spirits, giving
them the legal right to persecute and destroy the lives of persons under the

The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked . . . (Proverbs 3:33)

For such as be blessed of Him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed
of Him shall be cut off. The seed of the wicked shall be cut off. (Proverbs
37:22, 28)

One who is blessed of the Lord will receive an inheritance (i.e., a resting
place, a habitation). One under the curse of the vagabond has neither an
inheritance or any lasting resting place. He is always driven to wander.

Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
(Proverbs 17:13)

Behind all evil activities there are wicked Spirits operating. Rewarding evil for
good, always brings a curse from God upon the household, and affects the
descendants of the guilty, opening the door for evil spirits to enter and

For an enlightening study, take your concordance and run all the references
on returning evil for good. It will astound you how severe the judgments of
God are against such behavior. There are numerous references and it is a
dreadfully dangerous thing to turn on anyone who had been good to you and
render them evil in return.

And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Set thou a wicked man over him and let Satan stand at his right hand.

Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. Let his children be
vagabonds continually and beg:

Let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. (Psalms 109:5,
6, 9, 10)

The curse of the vagabond can come as a result of someone in the bloodline
being guilty of returning evil for good. This opens the door for spirits of
Begging and Poverty to enter.

Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let strangers spoil his labor.

Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: Neither let there be any to
favor his fatherless children. (Psalm 109:11, 12)

A person under this curse fails to find favor with people, including employers
and others who could be a blessing. The finances of the vagabond are
subject to the extortioner. This is a reference to debt and financial bondage.

His labor is spoiled (No Success). Though he works hard at it the vagabond
has a very difficult time establishing good and lasting relationships. People
tend to turn upon the vagabond. Remember this was one of Cain's greatest

Shall evil be recompensed for good? For they have digged a pit for my soul.
Remember that I stood before Thee to speak good for them, and to turn
away Thy wrath from them.

Therefore, deliver up their children to the famine and pour out their blood by
the force of the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and
be widows, and let their men be put to death. Let their young men be slain
by the sword in battle. (These curses have a strong effect upon the male

Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly
upon them, for they have digged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my
feet. (Jeremiah 8:20-22)

A troop, from the Hebrew Geduwd meaning a crowd, army, band, troop of
robbers. This curse opens the door for numerous spirits of poverty, want,
lack and financial bondage to enter a person)

The bands of the wicked have robbed me. (Psalm 119:61)

This curse opens the way for a company (a host) of demon spirits to invade,
making deliverance more difficult. In addition to the numerous demons which
flood in as a result of the curse, the vagabond also picks up a great many
spirits in the course of his wanderings.

As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his
(Proverbs 27:8)

Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowler. The snare is
broken and we are escaped. (Psalm 124:7)

As a bird straying from the nest, he is in danger of becoming a prey for other
demons to enter. The vagabond falls into the snare of the fowler. Because of
their wanderings, vagabonds (wanderers) almost invariably become involved
in many demonic lifestyles including perversion, alcohol, drugs, crime, occult
and cults. All of the traps into which the vagabond has fallen must to be
broken so that his soul (mind, will, emotions) may be released and restored
(Psalm 23:3).

This makes his/her deliverance a major one and often includes spirits of
Hopelessness, Poverty, Despair, Depression, Frustration, Suicide, Alcohol,

Drugs, Perversion, Lust, Bitterness, Hurt, Grief, Rejection, Sadness, Theft,
Crime, Mind Control, Wandering, Restlessness and a host of others.

He is always exploring and trying new and different ideas, lifestyles,

ideologies, concepts, religions, etc.; anything to achieve some measure of
satisfaction in life. However all of his experimentation is in vain.

There are spirits that cause the vagabond to wander. For identification we
refer to these as the wandering spirits.

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will send unto him
wanderers, that shall cause him to wander, and shall empty his vessels and
break their bottles. (Jeremiah 48:12)

Wanderers comes from the Hebrew word Tsaah (Strongs 6808) meaning to
imprison or conquer and refers to bondage. This lifestyle is full of bondage.

Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst
of the noonday; hide the outcasts; betray not him that wandereth.

Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the
face of the spoiler; for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the
oppressors are consumed out of the land. (Isaiah 16:3, 4)

A vagabond (wanderer) is an outcast. Notice that he is subjected to the

spoiler, the oppressor and the extortioner. This verse also refers to the
nation of Israel which is presently under this curse. This is a result of
returning evil for good in their rejection of the Lord Jesus after his ministry of
preaching, teaching and healing.

Israel has been scattered and has remained in exile ever since. They have
wandered from nation to nation and will be in this condition until Jesus their
deliverer returns. They will then be gathered into their own land to receive
the fullness of the inheritance promised to them.

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written. There shall come out of Zion
the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. (Romans 11:26)

God loves the wanderer and is well acquainted with his tears and sorrows
and records his wanderings.

Thou tellest my wanderings; put Thou my tears into Thy bottle; are they not
in Thy book?
(Psalm 56:8)
The life of the wanderer is full of sorrow and grief due to the failures and
frustrations of this lifestyle. He is filled with a great many hurts due to bad
relationships and experiences. This opens the door for the spirits of
Bitterness. Those under this curse and in bondage to these spirits
desperately need and desire to be free.

The captive exile hasteneth to be loosed and that he should not die in the
pit, nor that his bread should fail. (Isaiah 51:14)

The word exile in this verse is the same Hebrew word translated wanderer in
Jeremiah 48:12. Vagabonds are continually seeking an answer to their
dilemma. Of course the answer is in the salvation and deliverance which
comes through Jesus Christ.

My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill:
yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did
search or seek after them.

As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep
that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of
all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
(Ezekiel 34:6, 12)

In his infinite love and mercy God is seeking out and delivering the vagabond
(wanderer). Deliverance from this or any other curse is based on what Jesus
did on the cross.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made curse for us:

For it is written; Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree; that the blessing
of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. (Galatians
3:13, 14)

Redemption from curses is legal but not automatic. The redemption has to
be appropriated by faith in breaking the curse. The blessing of Abraham will
follow. The promise to Abraham was that he and his seed would inherit the
land (a habitation) and have financial blessing (prosperity). Once the curse
has been broken and the spirits driven out the vagabond can enjoy the
blessing of Abraham.

Following is a listing of some of the spirits which have been discovered

working in these areas. Be sure to break the curse of Cain and special curses

upon certain groups of people (such as the American Indians) before
attempting to cast out the other related spirits.

Many country and western and rock and roll songs (I Was Born to Lose; Just a
Traveling Man; Tumbling Tumble-weeds; I am Wanderer; etc.) have titles and
lyrics which express vagabond spirits. Often they are real downers filled with
deep melancholy and sadness. In addition, they most commonly endorse and
advocate a very amoral life style.

Soul ties must be severed with such songs and groups (Rock and Roll groups
such as Rolling Stones; Vagabonds; Wanderers; etc.) in earnest seeking for

For one deeply involved in such music, there will be a need to repent of such
music and lyrics to destroy grounds for evil spirits to occupy and operate.

Spirits of the Vagabond Wandering Spirits

Wanderer, Aimlessness, Vagabond, Error, Nomad, Homeless, Vagrant,
Meandering, Gypsy, Wanderlust, Fugitive, Floating, Wandering Jew,
Banishment, Runaway, Random-ness, Drifter, Disoriented, Refugee, Derelict,
Rambler, Straying, Rover, Misdirection, Straggler, Confusion, Outcast, Hobo,
Orphan, Tramp, Castaway, Displacement, Exile, Restlessness, Idler, Poverty,
Alcohol, Lack, Perversion, Debt, Drugs, Failure, Mind Control, Despair,
Weariness, Despondency, Weariness, Depression, Nervousness, Suicide,
Destruction, Hopelessness, Rebellion, Bitterness, Rejection, Cut Off, Close
Doors, Destitution, Displace, Great Poverty, Can't Win, Great
Disappointment, Ruin, Financial Reverses, Futility, False Friends, Hardship,
Hard Times, Weakness, Hard Path, Hard Luck, Hard Walk, Astral Projection,
Delinquent, Hitchhiker, Migrant, Tumbleweed, Runaway, Black Sheep, Itching
Foot, Footloose & Fancy Free, Many Hurts, Sorrow of Heart, Death & Hell,
Destruction, Gambling, Cheating, Extortion, Irresponsible with Money,
Prisoner/Prison, Bondage, Seek Endlessly, No Lodging, Loss of Everything,
Failure, Mind Wandering, Tragedy, Scatterbrain, Shame, Day Dreaming,
Death, Seek-Seek-Seek, Suffering, Soul Traveling, Pain, Spendthrift, Sickness,
Stumbling Blocks, Misery, Frustration, Travail, Condemnation, Hard Times,
Lamentation, Disease, Family Problems, Setbacks, Marital Problems, Suicide,
Mental Illness, Sorrow, Groaning, Reverses, Distress, Vexation, Calamity,
Mishaps, Slumps, Recession, Woe, Hopelessness, Vexation, Torment,
Poverty, Despair, Guilt, Besetting Sins, Confusion, Business Failures, Lack,
Search (Looks, but never finds), Never Reap (No results from efforts), Hope
(Builds up, then tears one down), Door Mat (Makes others walk on person),
Unsatisfied Hunger for Spiritual Filling, Unsatisfied Thirst for Spiritual Filling,
Indian Vagabond Spirits, Gypsy Vagabond Spirits, Wandering from: Job to Job,
Place to Place, Church to Church, Lover to Lover.

Based on a message by John Eckhardt Edited and written by Win Worley

Why Does Deliverance Take So Long?

This is written not only for leaders in deliverance but also those who are
seeking deliverance. Many ask why deliverance often takes so long and why
it is not a matter of getting prayer only once. Others are puzzled because
many times it is so difficult to continue after starting in deliverance because
of the time involved.

O Lord rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot

displeasure. Have mercy upon me oh Lord for I am weak O Lord. Heal me
because my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed but thou O Lord
how long? Return O Lord, deliver my soul, O save me for thy mercies sake.
(Psalms 6:1-4)

When our own church first began deliverance we invited a Hegewisch

brother to our church. As pastor my idea was to have this meeting to clean
out all of the demons in the church. Then we could return to our regular
program; however it did not happen that way. During a mass deliverance
demons manifested and we began to cast them out.

Later the same people kept coming back week after week for deliverance
and we began to wonder when it would end. I had thought it was a one-time
thing, to clean out the demons and them get back to business as usual.
However, God had something very different for us. We had so much to learn.
We discovered that churches who begin deliverance do not understand how
ignorant they are and tend to drop out because deliverance takes too long.

It is easy to decide that this was not the right way to cast out demons
because Jesus did not do it this way! My question is, "Were you there or did
another tell it thee?” The Word of God urges that we get wisdom and with all
our getting to get understanding (Proverbs 4:7).

Our lack of understanding is because we have not asked it of the Lord. To

decide that this is not of God because it is time consuming comes from our
human understanding, not God. Securing wisdom and understanding will foil
the enemy's attempts to confuse and discourage concerning this vital and
valid ministry.
The Psalmist pleads "Lord come and deliver me speedily." Repeatedly we
have seen people coming for prayer and the first time they receive massive
deliverance. Workers cast out multitudes of spirits and following this there
are dramatic changes in their lives. This speedy deliverance is what all seek.
Not every deliverance will be a long protracted affair. However, in other
cases it could take quite a time before the majority of the evil spirits are
driven out.

A massive deliverance at the beginning is always encouraging for all

involved. On the other hand, there are those who come and it seems that
deliverance is very slow in coming. For some, in the first few prayer sessions
nothing seems to happen, there are no manifestations. Later when
manifestations come a great deal of time can be spent expelling certain,
definite spirits.

The key is not to give up but to understand that the Lord has a plan and a
purpose for our lives which goes beyond merely receiving deliverance. The
Lord wants to bring us to maturity in many areas where only this ministry
can bring it to pass. It does take time to teach and believers learn through

The Lord is determined that we learn spiritual warfare which will cripple the
enemy. Because there is such a lack of genuine spiritual warfare and such a
lack of knowledge in the church many questions arise. Is it a lack of power or
ignorance which keeps deliverance proceeding so slowly? Many times both
are involved.

More is learned in actual deliverance sessions than by reading all of the

books. Before I came across Pastor Worley's books, I had read many others.
When I heard of his books I was not interested because I thought I already
knew about evil spirits. Actually I knew nothing about casting out demons.

I myself was a great Word of Faith minister and everything I did was by faith.
I just spoke the word and that was it! After I spoke the word I told you to go
home. If you failed to get help it was because you were not a great man of
faith like me.

Thank God He has delivered me from that foolishness and taught me that
faith without works is dead! James said you could talk about your faith but he
would show you his faith by what he did. I stopped talking about how much
faith I had and started doing something.

These are the nations which the Lord left Israel to prove by them even as
many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;

Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know to teach them
war. At the least such as before knew nothing thereof;

Namely the five lords of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and all the
Sidonians and the Hivites that dwelt in Mt. Lebanon from Mount Baalhermon
to the entering in of Hamath. (Judges 3:1)

The Lord left the nations in the land to teach Israel how to fight. Because
there is such a lack of knowledge of real, spiritual warfare, almost none of
the churches today know anything about casting out evil spirits.

It was amazing how much I learned that I did not know as I began to deal
with demons, even by my mistakes. When confronting spirits you are unable
to cast out and not knowing what to do will make you seek the Lord as never
before. Intense study of the Word of God will produce answers and teach you
how to war against the enemy.

The Lord allows things in our lives to force us to learn the weapons of our
warfare and the Word of God and prayer. God wants to do more than free
you from demons. He says, "Freely you have received, freely give." He wants
to fashion you into a weapon to destroy the powers of darkness in yourself
and others.

If He should drive the enemy out quickly, we would know little about
deliverance and how to use our weapons. Easy deliverances would produce
the tendency to cast spirits out, go about our business and quickly forget
everything else. However time spent learning to deal with demons develops
skills in spiritual warfare.

Remember that when God brought Israel out of Egypt the generation twenty
years and older died in the wilderness. Exceptions were Caleb and Joshua.
None of the others who entered Canaan knew anything about warfare. The
Amalekites and the Midianites were good at warfare but this untried
generation of Israelites knew nothing about fighting.

As they advanced into the promised land, the Lord by very wise design did
not drive out all of their enemies because He wanted to teach them to war.
Although they failed the test God does not want us to fail, for He is a God of

Hebrews 5:12 applies to this principle of becoming trained in spiritual
warfare. When you first enter deliverance it is God I s boot camp, and not a
very pleasant experience. Harsh discipline drives you for it is essential for
any who plan to go to battle. Without preparation, you would quickly be
destroyed on the battlefield.

For when the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach
you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God and are become
such as have need of milk and not of strong meat.

For everyone that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness for he is
a babe.
(Hebrews 5:12, 13)

Milk feeders are unskillful beginners in deliverance. Babes know nothing

about casting out evil spirits and very unskilled in warfare. Even after Bible
study, seeing videos and reading deliverance books they remain beginners.
However, as exercise and growth in this area takes place they become
stronger. This definitely brings results.

Strong meat belongs to them who are of full age, even those who by reason
of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews

Use of spiritual senses is spiritual exercise which develops discernment

concerning what is of God and what is not. Babes lack discernment. When we
first came into deliverance if the devil had shown up wearing a red suit and
pin stripes we probably would have thought he was the preacher coming to
fill the pulpit. Growth and maturation in this area comes as a result of
experience, for which there is absolutely no substitute.

Only actually dealing with demons over a period of time will cause you to
know what you are doing. It is not surprising that critics of the ministry come
up with so many ignorant and pointless arguments. Many young ministers
are puffed up in knowledge after reading a few of the books. Scripture warns
that knowledge can do this (I Corinthians 1:8). It is easy to begin to think
that reading a few books and attending some seminars and workshops
causes us to know all. This is sometimes called the Bible School Syndrome. I
was guilty of this until I went into deliverance. I believed I was loaded with
such power, anointing and faith until I encountered demons who disdainfully
told me to get lost. They humbled me thoroughly, spit in my face and
sneeringly made obscene references to my parents and other ancestors.
My church and I were shocked and cried out to the Lord asking how this
could happen. After all I was God I s man of faith and power, I thought! The
demons were not impressed at all. How humiliating! I began to humble
myself to seek grace, mercy and teaching from the Lord.

Religious pride must be scoured away otherwise we would never give it up.
Exercising our senses would not take place if deliverance was a one shot
affair. The Lord is perfecting (maturing) us and has more in mind for us.
Deliverance is only another vital step in his teaching program. Among other
things we learn patient perseverance by ministering to other people over a
long period of time.

Another reason that deliverance is a process and not an instantaneous event

is because the Lord desires to prove what is actually in an individual's heart.
This is true of the worker as well as the one receiving prayer.

The Lord left these nations in the land to teach Israel warfare. They were to
prove Israel, to know whether or not they would hearken to the
commandments of the Lord by Moses. Many times the Lord will temporarily
leave spirits in your life to prove whether or not you really love the Lord.

That tired old excuse that "the devil made me do it" will not suffice. Demons
must be bound regardless of the status of your deliverance. As you begin
earnestly seeking the Lord you must submit to God, resist the devil and also
bind and loose spirits.

Many times God will check the depth of your love. Not everyone who accepts
the Lord Jesus Christ is in love with Him as they should be. Truly we are
saved by grace and are children of God. However, many times things come
to prove whether or not we will hearken to the Lord's commandments. This is
critical to Christian growth and progress.

Although the Lord left heathen nations in the land, the Israelites were still
responsible to stay there and serve Jehovah God regardless of what these
nations did. However, because they lacked a deep love for the Lord, Israel
tended to drift into the sins of those people.

Thus those nations proved to them that they were disobedient and their
hearts were not surrendered to the Lord. Since the Lord knows our hearts,
this proving is really for our benefit. He already knows how deep or shallow
our love is and whether or not we will serve him.

This is revealed in whether or not we will come seeking deliverance; whether
in the midst of battles we will humble ourselves to seek the Lord. I have seen
some come for deliverance and if it does not happen in one session they go
away, never to return.

Others, although still troubled with spirits, continue faithfully to return to

hear the Word of God. Regardless of problems or how many times they fall,
they come back because they have a heart that is genuine. These are the
individuals who will receive deliverance for they recognize that this is the
only way to get the help they need.

Pride and rebellion are major hindrances to becoming free from evil spirits.
Through deliverance God will force the spirits to surface. Hidden
disobedience, pride, and rebellion are often buried so deep that the victim is
unaware of their presence.

Deliverance makes us see ourselves. More help is sought when these things
are in our hearts demanding surrender to them. The Lord forces us to face
our real problems for His ultimate purpose is to conform us to the image of
His Son.

Oftentimes the Lord refuses to drive out the enemy because of our
disobedience and rebellion. Until repentance and humility emerge, we will
continue to be vexed by these spirits.

The angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Botcham and said, 'I have
made you to go up out of Egypt' (Judges 2:1)

All have come out of Egypt (the world). We have all gone through the
baptismal waters which is symbolic of passing through the Red Sea. Baptism
in the Holy Spirit is symbolized by being under the cloud (saved out of the

God states, "I have brought you out unto the land which I have sworn unto
your fathers." In like manner deliverance has brought us to enter into the
land to drive out the enemy.

I will never break my covenant with you. And you shall make no league with
the inhabitants of the land. You shall throw down their altars. But you have
not obeyed my voice. Why have you done this? (Judges 2:2)

Their stubbornness, pride, rebellion and disobedience had led to a league or

treaty with the enemy. Sometimes we have such a difficult time getting rid of

a harassing spirit we are tempted to say, “I will leave you alone if you leave
me alone." We cease our attacking, binding and loosing and stop getting
prayer. Only when the evil spirit rises up will we rush to the altar for prayer.
However, the Lord wants us to hate the devil all of the time. Never come to
terms with the enemy but continue binding, loosing and coming against the
spirits until you get your deliverance, no matter how long it takes to get the
results you seek.

Wherefore I also said I will not drive them out from before you but they shall
be as thorns in your sides and their gods shall be a snare unto you.
(Numbers 33:55; Judges 2:3)

When guilty of disobedience and rebellion, the Lord refuses to drive those
spirits out and they become a constant irritant to vex, harass and torment
you. Thus it becomes a form of chastening. Refusal to humble yourself will
block your deliverance from Disobedience, Stubbornness, Rebellion and

Those spirits will remain no matter how much prayer is received. These
difficulties will drive us to seek deliverance. This is the Lord's chastening
because we will not judge ourselves and refuse to deal with the demons. Our
refusal or inability may cause deliverance to be prolonged over a long period
of time. Through it all God still loves you and has neither given up on you nor
thrown you away. Thank God for His long suffering!

Jesus says, ”As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous, therefore,
and repent." (Revelation 3:19)

Problems may exist in other areas such as lust, fear, disobedience or

confusion. Indeed it could be any tormenting evil spirit and is almost always
rooted in some type of pride or rebellion.

Anytime God's people were guilty of disobedience, pride and rebellion, He

allowed the enemy to put them in bondage, the chastening of the Lord. God
warned them that if they would not hearken to His commandments and
obey, He allowed other nations to invade and put them into bondage. They
then would be corrected for their sins. It is true of us also but all this can be
avoided if we will judge ourselves and repent. We are experts at pointing out
other's shortcomings and the discerning of everyone else's demons, but not
so good at judging ourselves.

If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged;

But when we are judged we are chastened of the Lord that we should not be
condemned with the world. (I Cor. 11:31, 32)

Unfortunately many choose to learn the hard way and will not listen to the
Bible. Experience is a good teacher but God is the best one.

We must judge ourselves according to God's Word or the Lord will chasten by
allowing the enemy to afflict us. Like children, some learn with a minimum of
child training, while others take longer. Unfortunately, often our rebellion and
pride are rooted so deeply in our makeup that we react to the chastening
hand of the Lord by becoming more rebellious.

God has ways to bring us to repentance. Israel has always been a stubborn
and stiff necked people but the Lord will bring her back to Himself. Almost
two thousand years ago Israel was dispersed from her land, but when Jesus
returns they will acknowledge Him as their Messiah.

During their long history of chastening Israel has been in bondage to other
nations: the Philistines, Canaanites, Moabites, Babylonians, Romans, Greeks
or Persians. Because of the nation's stubbornness God' s prophets were
rejected and stoned, precipitating judgment.

We must avoid the bad habit in deliverance churches of striking at each

other in irritation and calling out each other’s demons. "Well, I bind you
Leviathan!" "Well, I bind you Jezebel!" "Well, I rebuke you Pride, etc."

This happens because we resent correction and the moment someone

mentions our demons, we feel compelled to respond by naming their spirits.
However if we are humble and repent, the Lord will surely deliver us. This is
still another reason deliverance sometimes takes a long time.

Psalms 119:67 states that affliction can even be good for you.

David said it caused him to seek the Lord. Some will never seek the Lord
until they are afflicted. He says further: "Before I was afflicted, I went astray
but now have I kept Thy Word." Verse 71 "It was good for me to have been
afflicted that I might learn Thy statutes." This chastening affliction allowed
by the Lord can produce repentance and a seeking to understand the Word
which is very good for us.

This same principle concerning the Lord’s chastening is repeated by Isaiah.

Lord, in trouble have they visited thee. They poured out a prayer when Thy
chastening was upon them. (Isaiah 26:16)
When trouble comes people pray, calling on Jesus, God, Mary and anyone
else they can think of. God desires that we develop a hatred for evil and for
demon spirits. David had this attitude.

Do not I hate them, Oh Lord, that hate thee, and am I not grieved against
those that rise up against thee? I hate them with a perfect hatred. I count
them mine enemies.
(Psalms 139:21, 22)

Demons are the enemies of the Lord and David hates them with a perfect
(complete) hatred.

The spirit is indeed willing but the flesh is weak. Each time you fall indwelling
evil spirits will cause you to do or say things you know are not of the Lord.
You regret it and come under conviction, your conscience condemning you.
You then must repent and ask the Lord for forgiveness.

We do not hate evil as intensely as we should. It is as if the Lord must allow

those things to remain until we get so disgusted and fed up that we become
desperate for deliverance.

People will endure demons for long periods of time without really getting to
that point. Playing along with the enemy, they remain unwilling to fast, pray
or whatever it takes to get free and this holds the bondage in place. We must
develop such a complete hatred for demons that at any price we will submit
completely to the Word of God.

The Lord was with Judah and He drove out the inhabitants of the mountain
but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had
chariots of iron. (Judges 1:19)

Another reason deliverance takes so long is that some evil spirits are
stronger and more difficult to conquer than others. They drove out the
inhabitants of the mountain but not those in the valley because they had
chariots of iron.

Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean and her towns,
nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor
the inhabitants of Ibelam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and
her towns but the Canaanites would dwell in that land. (Judges 1:27)

Here the enemy was not driven out because they lacked a deep hatred for
the enemy. Contented with peace treaties, they settled down with them. A

tolerant attitude toward the idolatry, perversions and other sins prevalent in
these nations offended God. As a result they were unable to drive them out
of the land.

Another reason is found in Exodus when God said He would drive their
enemies out little by little. The Lord is all powerful and can do anything He
chooses. However, many times it is not in His perfect will nor according to
His purpose to do anything and everything that we desire Him to do.

There shall nothing cast her young nor be barren in thy land, the number of
thy days I will fulfill.

I will send my fear before thee and will destroy all the people to whom thou
shalt come and I will make all thy enemies to turn thy backs unto thee

And I will send hornets before thee which shall drive out the Hivites, the
Canaanites and the Hittites from before thee.

I will not drive them out from before thee in one year lest the land become
desolate and the beasts of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I
will drive them out from before thee until thou be increased and inherit the
land. (Exodus 23:26-28; Deuteronomy 7:22)

The Lord desires spiritual growth before further deliverance can be received
in an area. God is not just concerned with how much deliverance you can
receive but also how much you can possess and maintain. God's people are
to drive out the enemy and possess that land. Too small numerically to
inhabit and possess the land, Israel was sent in to drive the enemy out by
little and by little until they grew and would be able to possess all of the
occupied territory.

So many times we simply are not able to possess the entire area which God
desires for us. The Lord is far more anxious to deliver than we are to receive
it. His constant desire and intent is to perfect or mature us. He also
understands that often we are unable to possess and maintain every area.
For this reason He works on one section at a time and there are many
sections. Some major ones are: Rejection, Rebellion, Fears, Lusts, Fantasy,
Passivity, Mind Control, Gluttony, Religious Spirits (Roman Catholicism,
Charismania, Pentecostalism, Baptist, etc) Bitterness, Anger, Resentment,
Witchcraft and the Occult, Hatred, Ahab, Jezebel, etc.

Notice that when God sent Israel into the land, He commanded them to
conquer specific areas and each tribe was assigned certain territory and
boundaries. Even so many times certain areas are set by the Lord to be
conquered in deliverance. This is why it is so critical to be led by the Holy
Spirit in deliverance.

Some come for prayer stating they have a thousand demons and have listed
each one's name on sheets of paper. Since all are not going out in one
session, sensitivity to the leadership of the Holy Spirit may lead the workers
to concentrate on an area which is not even listed.

Some are confident they can possess everything. Certainly God's power is
not limited .. How wonderful to meet someone with enough spiritual strength
and growth to become like Jesus overnight! That would be beautiful but
actually it is only presumptuous pride cloaked in religious spirits such as

This is why deliverance is far more than simply coming to receive prayer.
After prayer you need to submit yourself to a godly pastor or a God called
leader who can teach you the Word of God. Spiritual growth is keyed to
being taught. This many resist for they want to go about their business doing
their own thing. A godly teacher who feeds you with knowledge and
understanding will enable you to possess your inheritance of freedom.

That upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance and there shall be holiness and
the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. (Obadiah 17)

Mount Zion is a type or picture of the church.

We have come unto Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem. (Hebrews 12:22)

On natural Mount Zion in the last days, there shall be deliverance followed
by holiness.

Genuine holiness is impossible without being delivered. Those attempting to

live holy lives without deliverance ministry always end up in either legalism
and/or false holiness and these Pharisees are also bitter foes of deliverance.

True holiness will be promoted by deliverance, and make it possible to

possess our possessions. First deliverance, then holy living according to the
Word of God; then we begin to possess our possessions.

A lot of churches start on the wrong end with much talk about your
possessions but ignoring or denying real deliverance. It is just confess and
possess; name it and claim it; blab it and grab it! Hear the Word, speak by
faith and all is yours: Cadillacs, Mercedes, mink coats, jewelry, houses, lands,
boats, thousands of dollars! These are all yours for the asking. God will make
you rich! cry the peddlers of religious hokum!

Although I believe God has abundant blessings for us, scripturally we are not
able to possess many of them because they follow deliverance and
seasoning in the Lord. Lives not in accord with the Bible could not handle
prosperity but would be utterly destroyed because of the lack of deliverance
and holiness.

Other churches start in the middle of that verse. All they talk is holiness. Live
in holiness. Be sanctified. Don't wear this; don 't put that on; don 't go there;
don 't do this; don 't read that; don't write that. But without deliverance all
you do is put up a religious facade as the Pharisees did.

This is cultivating an outward form of godliness while inside there are dead
men's bones and demons running crazily rampant. One preacher noted that
for the women, some churches believe in long hair, long dresses, and long
tongues! Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45;
Matthew 12:34)

One group piously decries the indecency and immodesty of any woman who
wears a sling style shoe with her heel exposed! Long dresses sweeping the
floor do not constitute holiness! If there is something in your heart, it
certainly will come out of your mouth.

Another reason why deliverance takes so long is that God wants us to spend
time patiently ministering to each other. Before our church moved into
deliverance, we came to services, sang songs, and went home, never really
spending time with each other, nor did we actually minister to each other.

Deliverance forces believers to spend time ministering to one another. You

must love, embrace and get on the floor if necessary to free others. This is
what is sorely needed, ministering to each other.

Unfortunately, in most churches what passes for love is very shallow and
superficial. People come, shake hands, sing songs and then everyone hurries
home. Now we spend more time with each other.

Who comforted us in all our tribulations that we may be able to comfort

them which are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are
comforted of God. (II Cor. 1:4-6)

The fact that you have difficulty receiving deliverance can help you later as
you minister to those with similar problems. After you have gone through
long, tiring battles to obtain freedom, you will be more patient and
knowledgeable in working with others who have problems.

You can comfort them with the comfort you yourself received when you were
going through your tests and trials.

Whereas the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also

aboundeth with Christ. And whether we be afflicted it is with consolation and
salvation which is effectual in enduring of the same sufferings which we also
suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
(II Corinthians 1:5, 6)

Whatever difficulty you have in receiving your deliverance will eventually be

used to help others. The Word says His house should be called a house of
prayer, but religious people will always make it a den of thieves and

Based on a message by John Eckhardt

Edited and written by Win Worley


The information in this booklet has been taken from Pastor Worley's Host of
Hell Series. Similar information, relating to the topic of this booklet, may be
found in one of the eleven other books he authored.

John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:
the night cometh, when no man can work.

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